One of the most important and crucial aspects of building the discipline of being a writer is to actually write, and for those of us who don’t like handwriting, to type, and for those of us who can’t/don’t type, to dictate. Dictation apps are available on iPhones and I’m sure on other devices as well.
The main thing, when becoming a writer and when getting students to see themselves as writers, is to get students to see themselves as their teachers see them, which, hopefully, is with hope and gratitude for their presence and perspective. As teachers, we should always be eager to learn more. That’s how our students begin to value themselves as contributor artists in the classroom or during the tutorial.
Every single person has perspective, a unique perspective that others don’t have on matters in the world, let alone the uniqueness of a single human’s imagination! If we write fiction, then we have multiple perspectives in a single work!
That our perspectives are unique becomes clearer as we age, develop our voices, and become more of who we were always meant to be, and for many people, writing is a way of self-development. If we document our own progress, then we can help others on their journey later on down the road.
That our perspectives are unique becomes clearer as we age, come to terms with our limitations, and grow into our potential. For myself, with a disability, I can have gratitude that as a writer, my unique perspective can be maximized by my writing and that I can help those who don’t suffer like I can by helping them see what my suffering has taught me.